HUG Newsletter Benefits of Breastfeeding

Benefits of Breastfeeding to Baby, to Mother and to the Family!

Benefits to Baby

Breastfeeding benefits the baby during babyhood and childhood and has long-lasting benefits to the baby as an adult. Benefits include:

  • Less obesity in child- and adulthood
  • Reduced respiratory infection, allergies, eczema, and asthma. Breastfeeding reduces an inflammatory response that occurs when formula hits the bowels and circulatory system
  • Decreased risk of developing childhood diabetes and lower incidence of diabetes and elevated cholesterol as an adult
  • Reduced risk of urinary tract infections and of stomach viruses as a child and of later bowels diseases such as Crohn’s Disease and appendicitis
  • Higher IQ; increased muscle development; Improved mouth development resulting in decreased need to braces as a teen
  • Better response to immunizations and lowered risk of SIDS and childhood cancer

Benefits to Mother

  • Reduced risk of postpartum bleeding
  • Increased weight loss after delivery (Breastfeeding burns 500 calories a day)
  • Decreased postpartum depression and improved restfulness after birth
  • Lifelong decrease in breast and ovarian cancer
  • Decreased development of hypertension, diabetes and osteoarthritis

Benefits to Family

  • Parents have fewer respiratory infections because their baby is less sick than formula fed babies
  • Less sickness means fewer trips to the doctor and savings on health care
  • Parents miss less work than those who feed their baby formula
  • Savings of $2,500 first year that would be spend on formula

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